Saturday, January 24, 2015
Sunday, January 18, 2015
2015 Voices in Jazz Panel - Jazz Connect Conference - St. Peters Church, January 9th, 2015 NYC featuring: Ann Hampton Callaway, René Marie, Jana Herzen, Laurie Antonioli and Allan Harris - Moderator: Roseanna Vitro
The Jazz Connect Conference coincided with the APAP Conference (Presenters) and The NY Winter Jazz Festival in New York City this year. The JEN (Jazz Educators Conference) went forth the same time in San Diego. At the last minute, I received an email from Lee Mergner of JazzTimes Magazine, asking if I could throw together a discussion for singers on January 9th at 11:30 am.
Monday, January 5, 2015
APAP - NYC - 2015 Roseanna Vitro and Clarity, Music of Clare Fischer - Jan. 10th, 3:30 pm. Jan. 11th, 3 pm. The Harlem Suite - NY Hilton Midtown - 6th Ave. & 54th St.
Grammy-nominated Vocalist Roseanna Vitro
& her award-winning ensemble
Mark Soskin–piano and arrangements, Sara Caswell–Violin, Dean Johnson–bass, Tim Horner–drums
perform music from their recent recording,
“ Clarity, Music of Clare Fischer. ”
Saturday, January 10th, 3:30 pm.
Sunday, January 11th, 3:00 pm.
The Harlem Suite
APAP / NYC 2015 The New York Hilton -1335 Ave. of the Americas, NYC. 10019 /54th St.
Vitro's relaxed readings pay respect to the delightful songs of Clare Fischer. [She] applied her rich, soothing voice to intricate sambas with passionate commitment... embraces Fischer's cherished songs and lusciously nuanced harmonies. ... ambitiously unearthed old and new lyrics in beautiful repurposings... Vitro's fine scatting. "Pensativa" stretches languidly under Vitro's lambent warmth. – Fred Bouchard, Downbeat Four Stars
...[RV] is a "singer's singer." It means she is excellent but still warranting much more attention. Her deep and precise alto is perfectly tuned and balanced. Her phrasing is textbook. But Vitro's skill set does not stop at vocal prowess. She is also a crack arranger, programmer and music journalist. That is a wealth of grace and talent...Vitro's projects are also well-considered and assembled...and attends to both the common and obscure of Fischer's work. Vitro sings squarely from between Ella Fitzgerald and Betty Carter. Her scat chops are the most certain of any singer expelling air today. Honor Roseanna Vitro. – C. Michael Bailey,
A woman who takes salutes very seriously – her discography also includes nods to Randy Newman, Bill Evans and Ray Charles – Roseanna Vitro spent two years developing these 10 magnificently thoughtful tracks…the albums centerpiece is Fischer’s classic, “Pensativa,” explored by Vitro with sable stealth. –Christopher Loudon, JazzTimes Magazine
Roseanna’s voice is better than ever, more personal, more her, like no one else can be. She’s singing tunes we mostly haven’t heard before, but makes them so familiar. Clarity…you’ll want to listen to it all again.
– Michael Bourne, host of “Singers Unlimited” on WBGO
– Michael Bourne, host of “Singers Unlimited” on WBGO
Singer Roseanna Vitro has the gift of bringing popular, or not so obvious tunes, into the jazz celebration, with no limitations. With a voice obviously comfortable with her chosen surroundings... You’ll hear Roseanna ‘s vocal synergy give new life to Fischer classics...delivered by Vitro’s limitless vocal choices and her musical partners with the highest respect for their subject. – Gary Walker, WBGO music director
Clarity is a particularly ambitious project for she performs songs written by composer/arranger Clare Fischer, including six songs never recorded with a vocalist. RV has long been a top-notch jazz singer with an open mind and eclectic tastes... Some of Fischer's songs are pretty complex, but the singer sounds quite comfortable.. she scats with warmth while at other times she gives just the right amount of sensitivity and warmth to the lyrics. Clarity is a success for Roseanna Vitro, shining some new light on the music of Clare Fischer. – Scott Yanow, Jazz Inside
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Clarity, Music of Clare Fischer on Random Act Records buy it here: http://randomactrecords.com/music/
November 15th- The Deerhead Inn, Delaware Water Gap, PA
November 22 nd. - Cezanne Jazz Club, Houston, Tx.
December 3rd. - Vitello's Upstairs, Los Angeles, CA.
December 13th - Trumpets Jazz Club, Montclair, NJ.
December 19th - Jazz at The Kitano, NYC.
December 28th - Birdland 'guest' Jane Monheit's Jazz party
January 10th & 11th - APAP Conference shows- The Harlem Suite 3 pm.
January 24th - Snug Harbor - New Orleans, LA.
Check out Brent Fischer and the Clare Fischer Big Band..new cd too !
The Reviews are rolling in:
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Thursday, July 10, 2014
The Music of Clare Fischer, the first vocal book with six new songs never sung before, is birthing right now! Random Act Records is the new label for my new recording http://randomactrecords.com/. Bill Milkowski, excellent jazz journalist has written very informative liner notes.
Music of Clare Fischer
On this heartfelt project, Roseanna Vitro pays tribute to a real musicians’ musician. “It has taken almost two years to cultivate lyrics for six Clare Fischer songs that have never been sung before,” says the seasoned singer and educator. “This is the first vocal book by a solo singer of his music.”
The revered pianist and prolific composer passed away just two and a half years ago at age 83 after a distinguished career that began as arranger for the vocal group The Hi-Lo’s in the late 1950s and included 11 Grammy nominations along with some high-profile arranging work for pop stars Prince, Chaka Khan, Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson. On Clarity, Music of Clare Fischer, Vitro focuses on the man’s lifelong passion for bossa nova and Afro-Caribbean music, which first manifested with 1962’s Bossa Nova Jazz Samba, the pioneering album he made with sax great Bud Shank, and continued with 1964’s So Danço Samba and 1981‘s Grammy-winning Clare Fischer and Salsa Picante Present 2 + 2.
Like her previous tribute outings -- 1997’s Catchin’ Some Rays: The Music of Ray Charles, 2001’s Conviction: Thoughts of Bill Evans and 2011’s The Music of Randy Newman -- Vitro puts a unique spin on Fischer’s music, courtesy of pianist Mark Soskin’s ambitious arrangements. Joined by her core crew from the Randy Newman project -- bassist Dean Johnson, drummer Tim Horner and violinist Sara Caswell -- along with special guests Mino Cinelu on percussion Clare’s son Brent Fischer on vibes, Vitro delves headlong into Clare’s world.
In tackling this music by the man who was regarded as a master of harmony by such heavyweights as Gil Evans and Herbie Hancock, Vitro says, “I really didn’t realize what I was getting myself into with this project of difficult melodies. But once I was in, well, I was in.”
You can hear Roseanna’s sheer commitment to the material throughout this stellar outing. From the opening “Morning,” first heard on Fischer’s 1965 album Manteca!, it is clear that she is up to the challenge. Fueled by Soskin’s churning 12/8 undercurrent, she sings this haunting melody (first set to lyrics by Clare in 1981 on his landmark Clare Fischer and Salsa Picante Present 2+2) in husky, alluring tones before breaking into some freewheeling scatting. The gorgeous “Web of Love (Inquietacao),” the only song here not written by the subject of this tribute album, was a Fischer favorite. Originally written in 1935 by Brazilian composer Ary Barroso, this version has Roseanna singing English lyrics written by New Yorker Roger Schore, showcasing the full range of her voice from soaring highs to luxurious lows. Caswell contributes an outstanding violin solo that elevates the proceedings with its tenderness and lyricism.
“Love’s Path” is a soulful interpretation of Fischer’s “Love’s Walk,” a piece originally written for his wife Donna on his 2005 solo piano album Introspectivo. Lyrics here were written by Vitro’s husband, engineer Paul Wickliffe. “Swingin’ with the Duke” (an adaptation of Fischer’s 1983 piece “The Duke”) is straight up playful 4/4 burn with Vitro in Ella-inspired scatting mode. The lyrics here, co-written by Roseanna and Cheryl Pyle, tell us precisely what the Ellington was telling us with his swinging music.
“Pensativa,” a Clare classic covered by the likes of Freddie Hubbard, Bill Evans and George Shearing, is rendered as an appealing bossa nova with Roseanna remaining faithful to Fischer’s beautiful melody and lyrics. “Life’s Journey” (originally titled “Pavillon” on Fischer’s 1984 album Crazy Bird) features new lyrics by Cheryl Pyle. Roseanna turns in a particularly passionate reading of “Sleep My Child,” which she calls ‘the heart of this recording.’ Originally recorded on Fisher’s 1967 album Songs for Rainy Day Lovers and dedicated to his then-newborn son Brent, it features Roseanna accompanied only by Soskin’s piano and Caswell’s violin. “This melody is up there with Jimmy Rowles’ ‘The Peacocks,’” says Vitro of this haunting number.
“Take Your Breath and Sing (O Canto)” was originally recorded in Portuguese with a vocal group. This buoyantly swinging version features English lyrics by Roseanna’s husband Paul and a flowing vibes solo by special guest Brent Fischer. And the album closes on a soothing note with a version of Clare’s sweet bossa nova “I Remember Spring” featuring his never-before-recorded lyrics.
From opener to closer, it is clear that Vitro was ‘all in’ for this very personal tribute to the underrated master of harmony. -- Bill Milkowski